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by Tony Hague
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Do you have new live Christmas tree every year?
Replies: 15
Views: 839

Re: Do you have new live Christmas tree every year?

We do. But nothing is wasted, what won't shred for composting goes in the stove the following year. Our soil tends towards alkaline, so composted pine needles make a good mulch where the pH would be better a bit lower. In fact I also scrounge other trees from the neigbourhood for this too :oops: The...
by Tony Hague
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

How strange. A problem I've never had. But I do have to clear up frequently after neighbours cats s**ting amongst them, which might be linked.
by Tony Hague
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Planting broad bean seeds end November
Replies: 11
Views: 495

Re: Planting broad bean seeds end November

What is all this fuss sowing broad beans under glass in pots ? Mine go straight in the ground, in November. Suitable varieties (Aquadulce, Sutton, de Monica, ...) will do fine provided the ground is free draining. What you want is good root system development over winter, not a lot of top growth whi...
by Tony Hague
Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Burnt Wood
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: Burnt Wood

I don't know about preserving, but one of my green woodworker friends went through a phase of finishing everything by charring with a blowtorch, then linseed oil. Produces a beautiful black finish, with the wood grain highlighted.
by Tony Hague
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Red spider mite and aphids
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Red spider mite and aphids

I once used a sulphur candle in my greenhouse. Never again, set every bit of metalwork corroding.
by Tony Hague
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: recommendations for tomato varieties?
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: recommendations for tomato varieties?

Franchi Red Pear. Big, fleshy fruit for either sandwiches or culinary use.

The recent "blue" varieties, Indigo apple and Indigo blue beauty have great flavour as well as an interesting colour.
by Tony Hague
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sweet Pepper Long Red Marconi
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: Sweet Pepper Long Red Marconi

I don't think you'll tell by looking. It is easy for cross pollination to occur, perhaps even at the seed producer ? But I think chilli heat depends on ripeness and weather. Some varieties do vary in heat, mostly mild but with the hidden surprise amongst them ! I don't really know enough biology to ...
by Tony Hague
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Flea beetle
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: Flea beetle

Does it keep long ? If you're making 2L to use at 50ml/5L, that would go a long way for me. I guess halving the quantities is easy.
by Tony Hague
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Flea beetle
Replies: 12
Views: 898

Re: Flea beetle

There's always a Geoff Hamilton style flea beetle trolley ! A thing that straddles the row, carrying the sticky yellow card, with a wire or something to disturb the beetles, making them jump onto the stick trap. No, I've never tried it. Another solution tried commercially is a sort of vacuum cleaner !
by Tony Hague
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: What's wrong with my peppers ?
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Re: What's wrong with my peppers ?

Thanks for your thoughts. Scorching has been my assumption, it does seem to be worst on sweet peppers or fleshy walled chillies, and does seem to be worst in hot conditions, so particularly bad this and last year. On the other hand, it is happening on plants outdoors as well as under glass. I will h...
by Tony Hague
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: What's wrong with my peppers ?
Replies: 6
Views: 641

What's wrong with my peppers ?

This is a problem i see each year, and it is getting worse. On thick fleshed peppers and chillies, some in pots outside in a sunny site, others under glass. Compost - some are in homemade mix, some in the new formulation New Horizons. Patches of fruit skin go soft, then brown and necrotic, then dry ...
by Tony Hague
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Co-incidence or a sign?
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: Co-incidence or a sign?

Most of the work in growing veg rarely gets shown. Weeding, soil preparation, protection from wildlife, pest and disease control, etc. Instead we see seed sown into a clean raised bed, and crops harvested. And that seems to be what so many new plot holders think they need to do - clear the plot, put...
by Tony Hague
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Replant Potatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 531

Re: Replant Potatoes

I think not. I think the ones for Christmas cropping are kept in cold storage so they don't realise summer has happened yet. Otherwise they'll come up next spring like volunteers do. I could be wrong, this is vague memory. I only grew them once, I don't want new potatoes with my Christmas dinner, I ...
by Tony Hague
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tomatoes - four or five trusses?
Replies: 8
Views: 858

Re: Tomatoes - four or five trusses?

Don't cut any off ! Why waste fruit. Most if us are constrained by height of the greenhouse to about 4 trusses, cutting the bottom one off makes that 3 trusses, and later to start picking. Commercial greenhouses are much taller, with a longer growing season through artificial heat and light. Even th...
by Tony Hague
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Why doesn't weedkiller work on marestail?
Replies: 20
Views: 10270

Re: Why doesn't weedkiller work on marestail?

I think I somewhat agree with tigerburnie. I tried combinations of pelargonic acid and glyphosate. The pelargonic acid was nasty stuff, whether it was the active ingredient or the surfactant, it was choking on the throat. The glyphosate was a stiff mix of 360g/l proper stuff, not garden centre homeo...

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